by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Luke 8:4-8]
In our discussion of sowing and reaping, it is imperative that we consider the evangelistic application of the seed principle as set forth in Jesus’ parable of the sower.
I. There are some things that are prerequisite to effective sowing.
A. The first thing one needs is good seed (Deuteronomy 22:9; cf. Matthew 13:25).
B. We also need love for the proper motivation (Ephesians 4:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Philippians 1:15-17).
C. We will also have need of patience (Galatians 6:9).
D. With these prerequisites it is little wonder that the laborers in this field are so few (Matthew 9:37).
II. How are we to sow?
A. We need to sow bountifully (Proverbs 11:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
B. We need to sow without regard to present conditions (Ecclesiastes 11:4; Acts 9:13-14; 2 Timothy 4:2; John 4:35).
C. We need to sow without regard to personal circumstances (Galatians 4:13; Acts 21:39; 28:30-31).
A. We must always bear in mind that we will reap exactly what we have sown (2 Corinthians 9:6).
B. As we labor we must remember that all our toil will be worth-while when the time comes for reaping (Galatians 6:9-10; Psalm 126:5-6).